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WIDA Standards, Assessments, and Professional Learning

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Multilingual Education Program

Director of Multilingual Education
Supervisor ESD 121 & 189
Supervisor ESD 112, 113 & 114
Supervisor ESD 101 & 171
Supervisor ESD 105, 123 & Charter Schools

Washington is part of the 41-state agency WIDA Consortium that promotes educational equity for multilingual learners through language development standards, assessments, and high-quality professional learning for P-12 educators.

WIDA Standards

Washington State adopted the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework in 2021. WIDA also offers Spanish Language Development Standards and Spanish Language Arts Standards which are currently under consideration for adoption for dual language programs.

WIDA Assessments

Multilingual learners in Washington state are screened and tested annually using WIDA assessments. The following links provide more information on screening and testing in Washington state:

WIDA Professional Learning

As members of the WIDA Consortium, all educators in Washington State public schools have access to high-quality professional learning through WIDA. These opportunities include self-paced eWorkshops and live or virtual facilitated workshops led by WIDA professional development specialists. To access these workshops as well as all required WIDA assessment trainings, educators must log in through the WIDA Secure Portal.

All WIDA assessment materials, required trainings for screeners and assessments, and professional learning courses are in the WIDA Secure Portal, which can be accessed by all K-12 educators in Washington public schools. To get a Secure Portal account:

  1. Email WIDA Help and ask to set up a WIDA Secure Portal account for assessments and eLearning. You must use your district email address.
  2. You will receive an email from WIDA Client Services Center informing you that an account has been set up.
  3. Go to: WIDA Login webpage.
  4. Select: WIDA Secure Portal
  5. Login to the WIDA Secure Portal with your district email address and password.

The following self-paced WIDA Workshops are available from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023, to support effective instruction and language development for multilingual learners. All learning opportunities have free clock hours and are available to all K-12 public school educators. Private schools who opt into Federal Title III services are eligible for these courses as well. Contact your school administrator for more information.

To earn free clock hours, use the following links to register through pdEnroller. Once you have finished the eWorkshop, complete the pdEnroller survey for that course. OSPI will download course completion reports from the WIDA Secure Portal monthly to verify course completion. Clock hours will be processed by the 15th day of the month following course completion. 

Washington state is offering the following WIDA facilitated workshops in the 2022-23 school year led by WIDA professional development specialists. Space is limited for these sessions and free clock hours are provided. 

School and district leaders can use these facilitation materials to engage educators in using the WIDA self-paced workshops in interactive professional learning. Videos or slides can be used to introduce each module with educators completing the module after each session.

The WIDA Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach:

WIDA Resources

WIDA offers many additional resources to facilitate sharing information on standards, assessments, and professional learning including:

  • ACCESS for ELLs – Parent letters, handouts, and guides to explain what ACCESS is, who takes ACCESS, and how to understand the score report.
  • Focus Bulletins – WIDA publications that explore issues in the field of ELL education.
  • Family Resources – Material that can help families understand the range of WIDA assessments, as well as what it means to be an English learner.
  • Research and Technical Reports – Scholarly reports and briefs written by WIDA researchers about issues of interest in the field of ELL education. 

Visit the WIDA Resource Library for a complete list of resource topics and types. 

For resources in Spanish, visit WIDA's Spanish Resource Library.